EARLY CHILDS PEARLWARE TRANSFER PRINTED
CHRISTENING CUP ~ MARTHA
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1830
This is whimsical little child's transferware name mug, circa 1830. This diminutive piece stands 2 3/4" tall on a raised pedestal base with a flared rim that measures 3 1/2" across the top edge. The handle is applied with an acanthus leaf loop handle. The mug is light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze. The small nursery mug has a wonderful engine turned base.
The mug is transfer printed in brown with scrolling with wisps of clover oak leaves and flowers surrounding the name MARTHA. Children’s named mugs are rare and hard to find on early children's ware.
The piece is unmarked. It most certainly was made in the Staffordshire district. Mugs and plates like this were made as christening gifts , gifts for good children and rewards of merit, used to aid in children's education and moral training, and to encourage their imaginations in the early to mid-19th century. The images were taken from copperplate engravings used in children's books of the same period.
The condition of this exceptional mug is very good, clean and bright with no wear. Normal stilt marks (one enlarged on the foot rim) and interior kiln dust original to the making. Minor wear consistent with age and prior use. Nicely potted and the transfers were applied with a good deal of attention to detail. It is amazing that this little piece was made for a child so long ago!
Children's early mugs of this quality is quite scarce and highly sought after. The cup will make a great addition to your collection of children's dishes and would be a lovely gift for a child named Martha.